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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Friday, December 2, 2022


Video Observer: Medical Marijuana


Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, left, and longtime contributor Richard Fricker discuss new SoonerPoll revealing a vast majority of Oklahomans, both Democrats and Republicans, support medical marijuana.


  1. I find it completely insane that we are throwing people in jail for a plant. I’m actually quite glad that people in Oklahoma have smartened up; they have realized that marijuana is not a so called “drug” like heroin or cocaine. Marijuana can be used for so many things such as biofuel, paper, clothing, even food or beverage. We shouldn’t have to live without these possibly wonderful products just because marijuana can inhibit some of your abilities if ingested in some way. This plant could potentially change the world; possibly save the world for future generations. Oklahoma should make marijuana legal for all citizens so we don’t miss out on the future. Marijuana has been used in different countries for thousands of years so why not finally use it for the American advantage.

  2. I think that legalizing medical marijuana would be good for a lot of people. It helps a lot of people from depression, anxiety, and other mental problems. It also helps people who go through chemo to help them want to eat more food so they can have a speedy recovery. People with bi-polar disorder are able to get more sleep and not be so angry.
    The use of marijuana seems to be used more by people all over the world. I think it would be good as long as crime and violence did not rise. It might make things a lot better for people all over. You never know what can happen unless you try it and see what happens.
    When people are happy and know they won’t get in trouble for doing what makes them comfortable. Then maybe we would not have so many people on disability. They would be working a job making a living. That way they are not living off of the government. If they are not operating any machinery then they can be safe.
    They can do work dealing with people, there are many jobs that do not require many things but being able to help people in many different ways. Some people need something to help them get a good night sleep. Just long as they don’t have children around and it’s for medical reasons.

  3. This article speaks volumes about why America can not seem to pull itself out of debit. We incarcerate people on misdemeanor offenses instead of throwing the book at the murders, child molesters and the rapists. The amount of tax it requires just to maintain a person in prison compared to what our government provides our veterans is shocking. This is wrong in my opinion. America’s tax dollars could be used for a multiple of other services where they are truly needed. I think that this backs up the fact that even when we elect politicians and government officials because they “care about what we want”, the truth is, it’s about what they want America to be. The statistics that Mr. Fricker provides in this article show the vast majority of America is for the legalization of medical marijuana, or at least legalizing it to some degree. The fact that Oklahoma, mind you a state in the bible belt, is for the legalization of this should show that our voices are not being heard. Otherwise if they were then why have they not implemented any changes to the law? All of these reason are further proof that it is important to vote; be active in what our country is and what our country is going to be. If we elect someone who does not listen to what the polls show, then why re-elect them? It’s time to ship them out and bring in someone else who may actually follow through with what they promise during their ever convincing campaigns.

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.